My Stamping Journey
Believe it or not... I learned how to metal stamp by watching YouTube videos.
I can't tell you what made me want to start, but it was about 4 years ago I bought my first stamping set. After that first tap with the hammer I was sold!
What impressed me the most was all the designs I could make with a metal blank, hammer and a few stamps. To be honest, I still am.
It's a simple technique to master and it doesn't take very much to start.
What you need to stamp
To stamp, you need a good solid surface. My table is made from butcher block that I found second hand.
This is where I stamp all my jewelry.
From rings, to bracelets, to necklaces. It's all done right here.
Tools you need:
- Stamping block
- A hammer
- Stamping tape
- Metal stamps
- And of course, your jewelry blanks.
Stamping can be loud
Once I take that first hit with the hammer all the animals go running out of my office.
To be honest after a while my own ears start ringing. This is easily fixed with ear buds and some good tunes.
To get a good good impression in your metal is to know your metal.
Know your Metal
Copper is the hardest to stamp on. Not hard to make good impressions in, but the metal its self is hard making me use more force with the hammer.
Brass is second after copper.
Each metal takes a different hit. That is something you learn with experience.
Where did you get your stamps?
I bought my first letter stamping set from Michaels craft store but you can order stamps online at places like Beaducation, ImpressArt and Amazon... Letter stamps are the most expensive. The teal set above is the set I started with and it still leaves great impressions. Over time stamps can wear out.
Have you ever taught stamping classes?
Yes! I remember the first class I taught well. I was scared to death!
I put tickets up on my website and sold every single one.
Then I had to go shopping and get everyone their own stamping blocks, hammers and enough blanks to create the jewelry.
It was the only time I held an event with tickets like that. I don't know why I didn't keep hosting them. It was a blast.
I have since done a class or two at The Local Shop where I rent space for my boutique, in Deer Park, WA. Those are generally just for people walking through that might want to try their hand at stamping.
I have also made bracelets for event's hand helped many women stamp designs into their own bracelets. This is always a blast!
Is stamping fun?
Yes! But I don't like doing the same design over and over and over again.
So often times I only do one design once or twice and then I switch it up. I often ask for ideas on quotes and saying on my Instagram! Love seeing what people come up with!
How long does it take you to stamp a bracelet?
It depends on the design but anywhere between 3 to 6 minutes. Then I darken the impression with ink to bring out a clear crisp image, then wipe it clean and polish it. The fun part is bending it into bracelet form. Altogether maybe at about 10 to 15 minutes, per bracelet.
All in all
I had no idea where my stamping journey would take me! It's been fun to grow and help other women make and create different designs.
There is still so much I want to try and many other items I want to create!
All of which you can be apart of if you follow me on Instagram @BirklandBoutique
XOXO - Lesly